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WQXR Music Host George Jellinek, 90, Dies

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Former WQXR music director George Jellinek, best-known for hosting WQXR's The Vocal Scene, has died. He was 90 years old.

Jellinek created The Vocal Scene program in 1969, a year after he became WQXR’s music director. The weekly, one-hour show was devoted to opera and great opera singers. The show continued for 36 years, and was syndicated on classical stations around the country.

Jellinek retired as Music Director in 1984, but remained a consultant with WQXR until just a few years ago. His voice was also familiar to listeners of the Metropolitan Opera International Radio Broadcast series, where he was a panelist and contributor to intermission programs.

Tune in to WQXR Saturday, January 23 between 10AM and 1PM to hear excerpts from The Vocal Scene archives.

Click below to listen to WQXR's Bob Sherman's thoughts on Jellinek. Private funeral services are taking place for Jellinek this week, but a larger memorial will be held at a later date.